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Interview with Choreographer Korie Genius




Korie Genius was born in Kingston, Jamaica and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He has studied various styles of Hip-Hop, and specializes in Dancehall as well as styles like Flexing, Krumping, and Popping. Korie is always open to new styles and new ideas. He loves to broaden his visions of dance every day by taking classes and train with the best choreographers in the city.

He has been performing for over a decade in various venues all around America.

Korie has been seen on the CBS morning show performing with reggae artist Mr.Vegas (2010), with reggae artist Mr.Lexx in Orlando Florida (2010) and international reggae, soca, hiphop artist Bunji Garlin “Brrrt”. He has choreographed music videos for Nikhil P. Yerawadekar andd Low Mentality Run Fast (2013) and Chi-ching by Chairlift (2015). Korie has performed at numerous shows around the tristate area such as Sirens After Dark by Rhapsody James, Sybarite Collective, Carnival, Michael Jackson 25th Anniversary to name a few.

Currently he works with his company BlackGold who performs and teaches dance nationwide. Korie has been teaching children and adults for many years at some of New York’s most prestige dance schools. He makes his classes fun and positive, allowing everyone to bring out their personalities into their dance.

Korie is a growing artist that always strives for the best. His goal is to pass on his passion and unique style as well as making an impact with his dancing and choreography



1. Please tell us who Korie Genius is and what made you want to follow dance.


Music and dance has just been apart of my culture from birth to be honest, so it just grew with me as a young youth. But what gave me a push to take dance more serious/professionally is when I came across a local tv program call Flex’n Brooklyn.



2. What do you feel makes dancehall different from other styles of dance?

The grounded posture of the dancehall style is one thing I think that differentiates it from most street styles. Also, and this is just my personal opinion but dancehall dance can make sense to almost any genre of music if choreographed or freestyle correctly.



3. Who in dancehall inspires you or and had the most fun working with?

I’m inspired by many when it comes to dancehall rather it be dance crews, artist or Dj’s so I wouldn’t say I have a specific i take inspiration from them all. As for the most fun working with I would have to say my crew BlackGold!!!! members Hanna Herbertson and Kendell Hinds never a dull moment working together when we we’re more active as a crew.



4. Who is your favorite Dance hall artist?

I - Octane, Vybz Kartel, Masicka I honestly have a lot more I consider favorites



5. How important is the ability to freestyle for dancehall? Being able to freestyle is very important, I feel like it’s one of the best ways to build your own unique way of moving when it comes to using a different steps and moves that are created pretty often in the Dancehall styles



6. What are some other styles of dance you wish you trained in but never did?

House, Ballet



7. Give us some names of your favorite songs to dance and train to.

I really don’t have specific tracks but for genres I listen to Dancehall, Afrobeats, rnb and rap music mainly.



8. Who is your favorite Freestyle Dancer, and Choreographer and why?


I don’t have any but lots inspire me.



9. If you had to compare your dance style to a superhero who would it be?


Doctor Strange



10. What would be your dream dance job?

I don’t really have a dream dance job but just being able to teach new students dancehall each week is a dream in it self to me, being able to travel the world teaching the style the way portray it is definitely a dream.